Shifting Sands of the Built Environment from an ICT POV


Many of my previous articles have touched on the notion of how truly competitive built environments are rife with connectivity, from the small scale to the vast campuses and further into global portfolios. Sensors and meters, along with extensive control capability embedded into the equipment, provide a connected and monitored world using sophisticated cross-platform management […]

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Extron Introduces New Compact Two Channel Amplifier with More Power


Extron has launched the new XPA 1002 Plus, a half rack 1U, convection cooled power amplifier delivering two channels of 100 watts into 4 or 8 ohms. This professional grade amplifier offers more power than the original XPA 1002, but features the same 105 dB signal-to-noise ratio and 0.05 percent THD+N specifications. The XPA 1002 […]

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Christie Cuts Seams Nearly in Half with New S310 MicroTiles


The new S310 screen option for Christie MicroTiles reduces seams to just 0.7 millimeters. Unless you’re a newbie to the AV industry or can’t read, you’ve likely heard about and seen MicroTiles in action. Combining the strengths of DLP and LED technology, Christie MicroTiles allow you to create a digital canvas using as many (or […]

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The Easy Sell on a Hard Topic


There are so many good points to using energy efficient products as one of the most cost-effective, simple and quick ways to reduce energy consumption and lower green house gas emissions. The ICT industry is ripe with tools, products and software capable of proving out these efficiency gains. Companies are falling over themselves to show […]

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AV Energy Management Standard Accepted Into EESCC


To help advance a coordinated approach to energy efficiency for the United States, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has convened the Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC). As part of these meetings, the ANSI/INFOCOMM 4:2012 Audiovisual Systems Energy Management Standard has been selected for inclusion in the EESCC Inventory Database. The standard was cited […]

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Sharp Adds to the PN-U Series with New PN-U473


The new PN-U473 from Sharp is a 47-inch LED backlit LCD monitor designed for commercial applications. It can run 24/7 and can be mounted in landscape or portrait configurations. The 40-pound PN-U473 is 2″ deep and is both LEED and ADA compliant. It offers 1920×1080 resolution; VGA, HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort inputs; 700 cd/m2 brightness; […]

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Energy Squad Offers LED Diet Training, New Revenue Opportunities


For HomeAV or ProAV dealers looking for some new recurring revenue opportunities or who want to do marketing or branding around GreenAV, Energy Squad offers some interesting programs geared specifically to AV dealers on not only GreenAV products such as automation or energy management, but also on green products that AV dealers don’t typically offer, […]

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BenQ’s Revamped 3000 Lumen M5 Projector Series Debuts


BenQ America just introduced its revamped line of M5 series projectors: the MS504, MS521, MX505, MX522 and MW523. These projectors are aimed at small- to medium-sized spaces, specified with 3,000 ANSI lumens and a 10,000 hour lamp life. Every model uses BenQ’s SmartEco technology that includes a “no source detected” mode that automatically lowers brightness […]

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The Future of Smart Homes


By Philip Masterson Guest Contributor When someone says, “The future is now,” many raise an eyebrow. After all, we’re still not living in a science-fiction like world with unimaginable technology. You may question if such technology is even possible. But, reality is in fact stranger than fiction. The technology available nowadays, although still expensive, is […]

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rESPeCt – Find Out What That Means to Me


There are many in the audiovisual technology industry who chide those of us who beat the drum for designing and implementing technology solutions in the built environment with a heavy focus on energy efficiency and sustainability.  Their argument is one of profit versus performance, survivability versus conscience. Coming out of a major recession where many […]

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Smart Building Conference 2013 Draws Sellout London Crowd


More than 140 delegates packed into London’s Dexter House last week to attend the Smart Building Conference 2013 — a joint venture of InfoComm International and CEDIA. Attendees were treated to insights from some 20 speakers, with separate tracks dedicated to the commercial and residential building markets book-ended by plenary sessions open and relevant to all. In the […]

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Chance to Work With USC Architecture Students in Solar Decathalon, Priceless for Students and Sponsors


By Cheryl Goldin Waveguide Consulting It’s not every day you get a chance to work hands-on with architecture students, to give them exposure to the business of building technology, but Waveguide, Spinitar and Crestron had that opportunity as sponsors of USC’s fluxHome team competing in the U.S. Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon. “We started […]

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New, Energy-Saving Features Added to Lutron HomeWorks QS System


Lutron Electronics today announced three new features for its HomeWorks QS total home control system.  RF SoftSwitch Module Switches large loads, like landscape lighting, pumps, and gates, without any wear on the relay, and without the need for multiple devices Can switch an entire branch circuit of lighting, up to 16A, from Pico wireless remotes, […]

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The Smart Grid is Coming: Are You Ready?


The United States Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) defines a Smart Grid as a class of computer based technologies that provides remote control, automation and two-way communication to improve production, delivery and efficiency of the electrical utility system. For over a century, the utility companies had to send workers out to gather […]

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Keynote Speakers Announced for Smart Building Conference


The Smart Building Conference 2013, to be held at Dexter House, London, on Tues. Oct., 15, will be keynoted by two of British industry’s most renowned authorities on energy efficiency and building systems, the organizers announced today. The first keynote will be delivered by Dr. Steven Fawkes, chairman of Day One Energy Solutions and author […]

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Home Awareness and Energy Management Company enerG to Launch at 2013 CEDIA Expo


Home awareness and energy management brand enerG Corp will officially debut at CEDIA next month. The company’s Home Awareness System (utilizing the Z-Wave platform) allows homeowners to control, customize and automate all connected devices in the home and receive important system notifications on their Android and iOS devices. The enerG starter package consists of a […]

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Smart Building Conference to Take Place in London in October


Integrated Systems Events announced recently that its Smart Building Conference will come to London on Tues., Oct. 15. A joint venture of the company’s not-for-profit association owners, CEDIA and InfoComm, the conference was held for the first time in Amsterdam in January of this year (during ISE 2013), where it drew a sell-out attendance of […]

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Design Thinking And How It Can Help Build A Better, More Sustainable Business Practice and Supply Chain In The Technology Industry


Design Thinking – It is not really a term that is familiar to many people but has significant impact on our daily lives and, more importantly, how we can develop better products and solutions in a more efficient and sustainable manner.  Unlike the scientific method, which defines the question, then works towards a solution after […]

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BenQ MX661 BYOD Projector Launched


BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is something you’ll read about a lot over the next 12 months. Why? Well, because it’s the latest buzzword and people in technology like to sound forward-thinking. So, it’s no surprise that BenQ is using the BYOD term to market the MX661’s multi-user connectivity wireless capabilities — something that’s been […]

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Christie Offers Free Sustainable Solution Whitepaper Focused on MicroTiles Justification


The world is going digital, and the architectural and design community is at the forefront of this revolution. The Internet and smartphones have not only generated new business models and consumer behaviors, they have also transformed the way architects and designers think about information and social connections in the built environment. As a result, digital […]

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Department of Energy Debuts a Buildings Performance Database


The Buildings Performance Database (BPD) from the Department of Energy is designed to ultimately make all building energy performance data public. The platform enables users to perform statistical analysis on an anonymous dataset of tens of thousands of commercial and residential buildings from across the country. Users can compare performance trends among similar buildings to […]

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Department of Energy Launches EnergyPlus 8


EnergyPlus is a whole building energy simulation program that engineers, architects and researchers use to model energy and water use in buildings. Modeling the performance of a building with EnergyPlus enables building professionals to optimize the building design to use less energy and water. Each version of EnergyPlus is tested extensively before release. EnergyPlus models […]

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